Shanklin and Sandown’s Jordan Sundborg has the chance to become the most successful Isle of Wight golfer for some 90 years at the county championship this weekend.
The Stirling University student, who claimed the British Universities and Colleges Sport’s Order of Merit back in March, will tee it up at Aldershot’s Army GC today (Friday), aiming to repeat his success of 2017 by winning the Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Channel Islands Amateur Championship for a second time.
He has been in good form for Hampshire, helping them beat Dorset 1011/2-11/2 at Brokenhurst Manor in mid-May, and then seeing off Kent in an 8-4 win away from home over the Whitsun weekend.
The 66-strong field start with 36-holes of strokeplay later on today, with the top 16 qualifiers in the seeded knockout draw battling it out to reach Sunday’s 18-hole final.
Sundborg will have some inter-club and Island rivalry to contend with as clubmate Conor Richards – fresh from finishing fifth with Miami-based Barry University at the NCAA Div II Finals – also looking to get his hands on the trophy. Richards, who won the Hampshire Boys title in 2015, reached the quarter-finals 2-years-ago in the Channel Islands, but missed out on a place in the last 16 by a shot 12 months ago.
Report by Andrew Griffin